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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video attempts to answer the question … can ANY colour be a Christmas colour?

You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
Mat layer: 4 x 5.25”
Border layer: 3.25 x 4.5”
White: 3-1/8 x 4-3/8”

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So, what do you think – can ANY colour be a Christmas colour? Be sure to let me know your opinion in the comments! And if you’ve made a Christmas card with untraditional colours, please share that too – I love to see your creations!

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Remember back in October when I asked you to vote on which tutorial I should include in my newsletter – the Double Fan Fold card or the Bay Window card?

Well, once I counted all the votes, the Double Fan Fold card won, and I shared that tutorial in the November newsletter (and later, here on the blog). But some of you were clever enough to guess that I might share the Bay Window card tutorial the following month, and you were correct – so here it is!

Here is the cardstock and paper you will need:
Card Base:  4.25 x 11”
White insert: 4 x 5.25″
Mat (contrasting colour): 4 x 6″ (see note below)
DSP: 3-7/8 x 5-7/8″

Note: Because I chose cardstock and DSP that matched so closely, I chose to put a layer of white in between to add contrast. If you are using DSP and cardstock that have a good amount of contrast, you could skip the middle layer and cut your DSP to 4 x 6″.

Score your cardbase along the long side at 3/8”, 1-7/8”, 3-5/8”, 5-1/8” and 5-1/2”. Burnish your folds and start to create the bay window shape.

With your DSP (or mat layer, if using), trim along the short side at 1-3/8”, 1-5/8” and 1-3/8”. You will be left with four pieces; if your DSP has a continuing pattern, keep your pieces in order as you cut, so you can attach them to the cardbase in order.

(If you’re using a mat layer, your DSP cuts will be 1.25″, 1.5″, and 1.25″. Go ahead and attach your DSP to your mat layers.)

Attach your white insert to the inside of your card.

Your fourth panel of DSP will attach on top of the white insert.

Put a strip of Tear and Tape adhesive in the smallest section between the score lines – just to the left of the white insert.

Peel the backing off the Tear and Tape, and close the card to adhere.

The step below is optional, and depends on what colour cardstock/DSP you are using. If you like, you can “trim” your window by attaching two small pieces of contrasting cardstock that measure 4-1/8 x 1/4″. Attach these to the small sections at either side of your bay window.

Now attach your three DSP panels, in order so that the pattern is continuous across the card.

Stamp your desired sentiment and punch out. Use dimensionals to attach. I found it helpful to attach the dimensionals on the right side and middle of the punched shape; that way, the front card flap could slide underneath the left side of the punched shape before stopping at the dimensionals in the centre.

Finally, decorate your card as desired!

Have you made any Bay Window cards? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to how to make a teabag fold Christmas tree card (and no, I have no idea why it’s called that!).

You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
White layer: 4 x 5.25”
DSP (to contrast with green): 3.75 x 5”

And then several squares of green DSP. These could all be the same pattern, or a variety of them. You’ll need one of each of the following sizes:
1.5”
2”
2.5”
3”
3.5”

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Once you’ve made your own teabag fold Christmas tree card, don’t forget to share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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Earlier this week, I had my biggest Mailout Monday EVER, sending out over 130 handmade Christmas cards!

As you can imagine, it took a long time to gather everyone’s mailing addresses, sign all the cards, and get everything labelled and ready to mail. But believe it or not, it didn’t take all that long to make all the cards.

I know!! Shocking but true. I thought that this year, I’d take you behind the curtain and show you a little bit about how I manage these mass productions, and at the same time, bid a fond farewell to some of this year’s retiring holiday products. Even if your mailing list isn’t as enormous as mine – perhaps you only need to send 5 or 10 cards instead of 130  – I hope you will find these tips helpful!

Tip One: Never Make Just One Card
If you’re sitting down to make a birthday card for a friend, why not make two – or five or six? You’ve already designed the card and inked up the stamps, so make the most of those efforts and prep a few more to have on hand. You can always leave the sentiment off until you know what you’re using the card for, but that way you won’t be caught short if something comes up and you don’t have time to start from scratch.

Tip Two: Make the Most of the Christmas Spirit
At this time of year, you likely already have Christmas stamps, paper, embellishments, and cardstock on hand. Rather than putting it all on the shelf to gather dust until next year, spend some time this holiday season crafting, creating, and using up that stash. Choose your favourite designs from the cards you’ve made recently to get the most out of work you’ve already done – especially, choosing cards that were quick to mass-produce. Got half a pack of Snowflake Splendor DSP left? Choose a few favourite designs and spend a day getting a start on next year’s holiday cards. Your future self will thank you for it!

Tip Three: Shop the Sales
Moreover, if you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to that beautiful paper yet, get an extra pack of it at a discount! Many of the holiday papers are available at 10-50% off, only while supplies last. If there’s paper you love that you are already confident crafting with, pick up an extra pack and craft the wintry days away!

Tip Four: Embrace Versatility
When you get to the point where you’re sure you have WAY more Christmas cards than you’ll ever need – or maybe, you feel like if you see one more Christmas card, you’re going to sprout a red reindeer nose – consider other uses for your holiday paper and products. For example, you can use Brightly Gleaming to make a batch of masculine cards, and there are plenty of other uses for In the Pines stamp set, too.

Tip Five: Have Fun with Fussy
You know those cards that are a little bit fussier to make? Maybe they require a lot of die-cutting, or a stampin’ technique that’s several steps long. Sometimes those cards feel like they’re more “worth it” if you’re making twenty of them instead of two. Some good examples are heat embossing, watercolour backgrounds, baby wipe technique, double-stamping with Stamparatus … etc.  I feel way more motivated to haul out my specialty tools if I’m making a whole batch of cards instead of just a handful – and it’s nice to have some WOW cards in my stash!

Tip Six: Plan Your Die-Cutting
Speaking of die-cutting, I try to have two or more dies in place with every run-though on my machine. This might mean that I’m cutting white circles for sentiments on one batch of cards, and stamped flowers for another batch of cards, and red rectangles for a third batch of cards – all at the same time. Once I finish the die-cutting, I’ve got the shapes to finish all three batches of cards at once, in one-third the time.

Tip Seven: Use Those Scraps!
Once you get down to the itsy bitsy bits of your DSP, it’s time to make some scrappy strips cards! Be sure to check out all these other fun layouts for DSP, as well!

What’s your favourite tip for mass production? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Don’t forget that many of the products in today’s post are retiring soon and are only available while supplies lastContact me today to order yours, or shop 24/7 at my online store. Happy Stampin’!

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a simple, gorgeous Christmas card with the In The Pines bundle.

You’ll need:
Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
Mat layer: 4 x 5.25”
Gold foil: 2 x 5.25”
scraps of white and Old Olive cardstock

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Once you’ve made your own card with In the Pines, don’t forget to share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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The Double Fan Fold card is so stunning! Not only does it make a big impression on the viewer, it also fits in a notecard-size envelope (4.25 x 5.5″) for mailing. Here’s how to make your own!

You will need the following cuts of cardstock:

Cardbase: 7.5 x 5.5″
Cardstock mats (all same colour):
2.25 x 5.25″ (2 pieces)
1 x 5″ (2 pieces)
1 x 2.25″ (4 pieces)

And the following cuts of DSP / white cardstock:

White cardstock: 2 x 5″
DSP:
2 x 5″
0.75 x 4.75″ (2 pieces)
0.75 x 2 (4 pieces)

Your DSP can be the same for all pieces, or a variety of different patterns – it’s up to you. For this card, I used one pattern for the three largest pieces, and a different pattern for the four smaller pieces.

Start by scoring your cardbase along the short side at 1.25 and 2.5″ on each side.

Next, score diagonally to create an “x” like below on each side of your cardbase.

Burnish all the folds with your bone folder, and then fold the diagonal folds into Valleys (folds pointing away from you) and the vertical folds into Mountains (folds pointing towards you).

Here is a view of the card from the back.

Another view from the back.

From the front.

From the front again.

From the back, with both fan panels completely folded.

Now it’s time to add DSP. Add one large panel of cardstock + DSP to the front of the card.

Add one large panel of cardstock + white cardstock to the back of the card. Add a stamp to decorate, if desired.

You have four small pieces of DSP and four small pieces of cardstock….

Cut two of each diagonally from the top right, and two of each diagonally from top left.

Attach the DSP to the cardstock.

These pieces will go on your side panels as shown, between the vertical and diagonal folds.

You have two tall strips of cardstock and two tall strips of DSP.

Mark each one at the centre point, and then cut from the centre point to the opposite corner to create a triangle. (I found this easiest to do by marking the line with a ruler and then cutting with scissors.)

Attach your DSP triangles to the cardstock. Note that they don’t line up perfectly, but it will still look good when the card is completed!

These two triangles attach on the outer panels of your card.

Here’s how the card looks from the front when folded.

Now it’s time to decorate!

Here’s the finished card from the front …

… and from the back.

Have you made any Double Fan Fold cards? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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The Snowflake Splendor suite (pages 36-38 of your Holiday Mini Catalogue) has so much to love! The photopolymer stamp set, which includes 17 layering snowflake stamps, will help you decorate any wintry card or project. The co-ordinating dies (bundled for a 10% savings) are beautiful enough to be used on their own for a no-stamping card. The stunning Designer Series Paper is full of snowy beauty in all shades of blue, and gorgeous watercolour washes on the reverse side. Then there’s the show-stopping Balmy Blue glimmer paper, the irresistible sparkle of the adhesive-backed blue gems, and the delicate shimmer of the iridescent ribbon. And don’t forget the Winter Snow embossing folder!

I’ve had so much fun creating with this suite, I just had to build a class around it. And so November’s Creativity to Go, my version of an online card class, features the Snowflake Wishes stamp set! Be sure to sign up by November 10th to receive the stamp set along with all the supplies, products, and tutorials to make five wonderful cards such as the ones below!

The Triple Cube Card is the first card I made with this suite. It started as a great way to show off the beautiful DSP, but then I started playing with layering the stamped and die-cut snowflakes, and I had WAY too much fun! You’ll see plenty more of these layered snowflakes decorating several of the cards below!

Next I tried out the Double Fan Fold card. (I’ll be teaching this one in an upcoming newsletter, so be sure to subscribe!) This is a gorgeous fold with lots of opportunity for embellishment, and it looks stunning from any angle.

These next few cards make good use of the stamps alone, without any die-cuts to distract or decorate. These simple stamping cards are none the less beautiful!

And then, of course, I wanted to play around with the reverse … lots of die-cutting and hardly any stamping.

CASE’d from Paper Daisy Crafting

CASE’d from Sarah Cade

Here’s a minimalist card that is striking in its simplicity.

CASE’d from La Fee Kiki

In the cards below, I made good use of the Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper to add gorgeous shimmer and sparkle.

CASE’d from Angela Meyer

Like the card above, the project below – perfect for holding a battery-operated tealight candle – uses the large snowflake ‘negative image’ die.

CASE’d from The Gentleman Crafters

I loved playing with the Winter Snow embossing folder to add texture to the cards, as well.

CASE’d from Heather Guerrera

CASE’d from Sarah Cade

And then I made a few fancy fold cards to let the beautiful Designer Series Paper really shine (along with those gorgeous layered snowflakes!) Here’s a centre easel card

…. an epic fold card

… a Centre Step Card ….

…. and a Double-Z fold card.

I also love the idea of playing with non-traditional, unexpected colours – so I had to try it out with this bundle!

CASE’d from Chris Smith

Even with all of these gorgeous cards, I feel like there is so much I could do with this suite. It is so fun and easy to create with! If you’d like to join me and create beautiful cards with the “Snowflake Wishes” stamp set and some of the other products from the suite, be sure to sign up for Creativity to Go by November 10th!

Happy Stampin’!

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Hello and welcome to the monthly blog hop of the Seashore Stampers! Today our theme is Christmas (which is only 62 days away … but who’s counting?)

For my project, I chose to use ‘Tis the Season Designer Series Paper (on sale for 15% off until the end of October!) and the “Christmas Means More” stamp set. I loved this stamp set as soon as I saw it, as it features quotes from some of my favourite Christmas movies! As this stamp set is not part of a suite or bundle, it’s easy for it to be overlooked, but the beauty of it is that it can be paired with so many of our other products to create simple or elaborate cards.

‘Tis the Season DSP was perfect for this project as it is packed with gorgeous holiday designs in traditional colours. I tried to choose the papers that most reminded me of Dr. Seuss’ original book and animated movie, which is a favourite in our household!

Dr. Seuss (How The Grinch Stole Christmas) Part 1 of 2 - YouTube

After creating the card, I felt inspired and wanted to add something more to my project … so I decided to try my hand at creating that old Grinch himself! I used the Mini Curvy Keepsake dies, which quickly and easily create a gift box suitable for holding those yummy Christmas treats.

It’s definitely not perfect, but then again the Grinch’s “quick Santy Claus hat and a coat” weren’t perfect either 😉 It’s amazing what you can do with a Tulip Builder punch!

I hope you enjoyed my projects! Now don’t forget to click on the buttons below to continue on the blog hop, and enjoy all the other Christmas creations! Click on “Previous” to visit Erica’s blog and “Next” to see what MiRan has created!

Happy Stampin’!

                                              

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I’m participating in another blog hop with The Crafty Medic, and today we’re celebrating Christmas in July!

The new August to December Mini Catalogue goes live on August 4th, so it’s a perfect time to take a peek at all the wonderful holiday goodness that’s headed our way next month. (And of course, we lucky demonstrators can order from this catalogue already!)

I was so happy to see that the beautiful Christmas Gleaming bundle, along with the Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper, is returning this year. This was one of my top picks from last year’s holiday catalogue, and Stampin’ Up! has brought it back for us to enjoy again! The copper foil accents in the Brightly Gleaming paper are absolutely stunning, and it’s so quick and easy to put a card together with the stamp set and co-ordinating punches.

To show off more of this gorgeous paper, I put together a scrappy strips card as well. This big bold Christmas Greetings stamp is now retired, unfortunately, but it’s still a favourite in my craft room! I think the sentiment from Winter Woods stamp set would also look really good here.

Another thing I love about the Brightly Gleaming paper is that you could use it all year round! Here, I’ve used the less-sparkly side of the paper to make a masculine birthday card. Once I started playing with this paper, I couldn’t stop!

I hope you’ll follow the link below to see the other Christmas projects, and get excited about what’s coming in just ten more days!! (But who’s counting!!)

And remember, you have a few more days to get in on Bonus Days. For every $60 you spend in July (before tax and shipping), you’ll earn a $6 coupon to use in August – when you’ll be able to order from the annual catalogue AND the new August-December mini! I’ll be placing an order this coming Monday (July 27), so if you need anything be sure to contact me before then, or shop online and use hostess code H2HUA3ET.

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You all know that I love making and sending handmade cards. Did you know that at this time of year, something truly magical happens …. and I receive many beautiful handmade cards from friends, teammates, and customers? Today I’m going to show off all the handmade cards I received for Christmas this year.

The two cards above are from Angela (left) and Nita (right). I had to include this thank-you card from Nita, even though it’s not technically a Christmas card, because it uses some of my favourite paper from the holiday catalogue, Feels Like Frost. That paper was SO popular that Stampin’ Up! is bringing it back in next year’s holiday catalogue – so if you missed out, don’t worry! It’s only eight months until it comes available again! 😀

This beautiful Z-fold card is from my friend Arvon, who used Perennial Essence DSP from the annual catalogue, and the Frosted Frames dies from the holiday catalogue. What a great combination of products! The silver foil, glimmer paper, and sparkly embellishments really add sparkle to this special card.

I love the way Betina has created a whole scene with the trees, snowflakes, and Jolly Season dies! What a beauty.

The card on the left is from my friend and teammate Claire, who used Feels Like Frost paper along with the Christmas Gleaming bundle to create this silvery, sparkly card. Her silver embossing is just gorgeous! The card on the right is from Liz, using beautiful gold foil and retired paper to create a stunning shaker card.

My friend and fellow demonstrator Madeleine sent me this adorable card using the Merry Moose bundle! This is another product that Stampin’ Up! have promised to bring back next year. I love the way Madeleine layered all the different elements to create this card!

I received this card from the Random Act of Kindness group I belong to, and have lost the name of who sent it. I love that she has created a picturesque scene using only the Frosted Frames dies and the Feels Like Frost paper – great example of how a card does not have to be complicated to be striking!

On the left, the card from my friend Shellie traveled all the way from the frozen north of the Yukon to brighten my day here in Nanaimo. On the right, teammate Vikki’s shaker card is simply stunning!

Friend and teammate Stephanie used the gorgeous Brightly Gleaming DSP to create the card on the left. (That’s another paper Stampin’ Up! is bringing back next year – hooray!) Friend and fellow demonstrator Heather used the amazing Puff Paint and Peaceful Boughs bundle to create the card on the right. I love them both!

Friend Tricia used the Night Before Christmas Memories and More card pack to create this simple, lovely card.

My friend Trudy is known for creating striking cards, and she certainly delivered with this beautiful card (left). On the right, my friend Dawn has used the Most Wonderful Time medley to create this lovely, peaceful card.

I hope you enjoyed looking through my Christmas Card Gallery! I sure had fun receiving all these beauties – if one of them is from you, thank you so much! I’ve added the shopping list below, as some of these products are still available for a couple more days; the holiday catalogue ends on January 2nd, to make room for the Spring Mini and Sale-a-Bration catalogues which start on January 3rd. Look for a new post that day about my top picks from the Spring Mini catalogue!

Happy New Year, and Happy Stampin’!
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